Poor start to new year

RUGBY

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AMER­SHAM & Chiltern started 2015 on a los­ing note after go­ing down 32-5 at Bury St Ed­munds on Satur­day.

The hosts took the lead on eight min­utes through a penalty, while Rhys Keith missed two kicks at goal for Chiltern which might have given the game a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion, and Bury grad­u­ally took con­trol.

One trans­gres­sion too many at the break­down saw player-coach Richie Wil­liams sin-binned for Chiltern and Bury took im­me­di­ate ad­van­tage of the ex­tra man with two tries in 18 min­utes.

Chiltern con­stantly asked ques­tions of the Bury de­fence and of­ten it took a last gasp tackle to keep them at bay, but Bury got their third on the stroke of half time when a poor clear­ance kick also missed touch.

It was a flat­ter­ing half-time score for Bury, who had taken their chances while the vis­i­tors failed to build on promis­ing moves, but within min­utes of the restart the game was put to bed when the hosts drove Chiltern off their own ball at a scrum be­fore run­ning in the bonus point try. Again, Chiltern re­fused to lie down and con­tin­ued to run the ball from all an­gles, but Bury’s dom­i­nance in the set piece saw them bag a fifth try.

Still Chiltern re­fused to lie down and die, and fi­nally their ef­forts were re­warded when they had the fi­nal say with a try on 68 min­utes, the de­feat leav­ing them 12th in Na­tional Three London & SE ahead of Satur­day’s home game against Weslcliffe.

Con­trib­uted

DE­FEAT: Amer­sham & Chiltern take on Bury St

Ed­munds

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